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Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 174
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.66% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Madeira Barrel Aged Rye Coffee Imperial Stout.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-06-2012)
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

cfrances33, Sep 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

leschkie, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

BostonPhilly, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Sean802, Jul 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

badboy7113, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Almost completely black. Reddish brown at the edges. Mocha head that is well retained.

Smell - Intense coffee immediately. Almost a smokey aroma, too. Red wine. A little bit of tannins.

Taste - Burnt malt, almost smokey malt character. Coffee flavor lends itself to the burnt malts. Red wine flavor is more prevalent in the finish, along with a bitter malt aftertaste. Intense flavors.

Mouthfeel - Not thick, but a palate wrecker of flavor. Intense in every respect. Medium heavy with ample carbonation.

Overall - Excellent combination of flavors. The barrel is unique and adds to the barrage of flavors that is this beer.

Alieniloquium, Jun 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

POTABLE83, Jun 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

huskermike12, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Anonymous1, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

pisano, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

tom10101, Apr 29, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked a couple of these up at my last visit to HF, and opened one at a recent tasting.

Opaque brown-black pour with a small but sturdy cap of mocha head, that retained well and left some spotty lacing on the glass. In the nose, coffee, earth and oak, ash, with a slight vinous quality. A solid toasted rye profile came out in the taste, complimenting the barrel, coffee, and roasty malts, notes of ash, yeast, some vegetal hop bitterness; the wine was definitely present, but surprisingly subtle, with just a hint of grape-skin tartness coming through. The body was medium to full, though the mouthfeel was not as smooth as I prefer in a good stout. Overall, this was not quite what I expected, but I still found it quite enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to opening my other bottle soon.

Rifugium, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

stereosforgeeks, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Dat, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

brendan4532, Mar 30, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Todd - thanks dude! Served in a snifter.

A - Big mocha foam that lingers for quite a while, leaving behind spotty lace and a thick cap. Opaque black body with a hint of brown at the fringes of the glass.

S - Interesting aroma - there's a mix of slightly stale coffee, oak, roasted malts, char, fruity yeast, and light chocolate and caramel. There's an aged quality to this and I'm not sure if it's from the Madeira, faded coffee, or light oxidation from the barrel-aging.

T - The taste has a bit more spicy rye, chocolate, oak, light coffee, and some sweet caramel malts mid-palate. A bit fruity, either from yeast, coffee, or Madeira. Quite nice, and a bit more vibrant than the aroma.

M - Surprisingly zesty and active carbonation. Medium-bodied, with an oaky, dry finish, and minimal alcohol presence.

D - I liked this quite a bit, as I wasn't sure the mix of Madeira and coffee would be a good fit. Somehow Shaun makes it work, and while this isn't my favorite Hill Farmstead beer I'd happily drink it again at any time were it offered.

MasterSki, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

brystmar, Feb 23, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful complex dark brown, with a dark coffee brown head with a reddish tint.

Smell is definitely unusual, rye spiciness with malty dark chocolate, tangy dark fruits, bitter coffee. Maybe some woody smoke.

Taste is pretty similar. Not very coffee forward (probably my fault for drinking it some months after the release) but it's a pretty even balance of slightly faded coffee, wine/dark fruit, bitter dark chocolate and rye malt.

A pretty unusual beer, and it doesn't come off unambiguously as a success, but I did enjoy this even if I liked it better for being weird than for being really well integrated and drinkable.


AlexFields, Feb 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Genealogy Of Morals (Madeira Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.